Pasadena, CA – Pac-12 conference outfits California and UCLA will be in action in a rare Sunday college football game when the two the teams play each other on today (Nov. 15) at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
The matchup was confirmed earlier this week after the initial fixtures involving both teams were canceled because of positive cases of COVID-19 and related contact tracing.
California was originally slated to play at Arizona State on Saturday, and UCLA was scheduled to host Utah before both games were called due the pandemic spread and related contact tracing for the Sun Devils and the Utes.
“We have known from the beginning of this pandemic that there could be challenges this season and that we would need to remain flexible and find ways to be creative while still keeping the health and safety of our student-athletes as our No. 1 priority,” California athletic director Knowlton said in a statement.
“This has certainly been an emotional rollercoaster for those in our program, particularly our student-athletes, but we need to remain as diligent as ever and proceed within federal, state and local protocols. We are appreciative of the work from all involved to be able to play this game on short notice.”
Sunday’s game, which will be the first regular-season college football fixture on an NFL Sunday since the 2017 season, is slated to kickoff at Noon ET, and the game will be televised on Fox Sports 1. For live streaming go to Foxsportsgo.com.
“The scheduling of this game is consistent with the Conference’s commitment to provide opportunities for student-athletes through maximum scheduling flexibility while still prioritizing health and safety,” the Pac-12 said in a statement Friday.
Meanwhile, as a result of the scheduling adjustment, the UCLA against Oregon game, which was scheduled for next Friday, will now take place on Nov. 21.
California and UCLA were not originally scheduled to play this season. It will be a season opener for the Golden Bears, while the Bruins are looking to bounce back from the 48-42 defeat to Colorado.